Hand, foot and mouth disease is usually a short mild illness that mainly affects children. Most children fully recover within a week. Serious complications occur rarely. This disease is NOT related to the disease with a similar name which affects animals.
What is hand, foot and mouth disease and what causes it?
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is due to an infection that usually causes a typical illness, including a typical rash. It is most commonly caused by the Coxsackie A16 virus. Some cases are caused by a different, but related, virus called enterovirus 71. Rarely, the same illness is caused by other strains of Coxsackievirus.